amiibo

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The amiibo logo.

amiibo are a line of interactive toys created by Nintendo, with the intent of being usable in some Nintendo games. For this, they use the near-field communication chip installed on their bottom, which can be scanned by the Wii U, the Nintendo 3DS, and the Nintendo Switch's NFC readers. Some games read the amiibo and do something in-game related to the amiibo's character, but there are games that only have one action, regardless of what amiibo the player uses. On top of that, some games simply read the data on the amiibo, while others can read and write to it.

So far, only two Pikmin-related amiibo have been released: one of Captain Olimar, as he is shown in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and the other of a group of five Pikmin.

This article will only list games that do some specific action related to the Pikmin series amiibo used. For a full list of games, including those that do not do anything specific with these amiibo, see Nintendo's website.

Olimar amiibo[edit]

The Olimar amiibo.

The Olimar amiibo is part of the sixth wave of the Super Smash Bros. series of amiibo in the US and Japan, and the seventh wave in Europe. It was released in September 11th, 2015 in the US and Japan, and July 17th, 2015 in Europe.

Because it is based on the Super Smash Bros. fighter, he and the Pikmin look like they do in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. In particular, they highly resemble the official artwork for Olimar. Olimar himself is in the center, and there is a bud Blue Pikmin to his left, a leaf Red Pikmin to his right, and a flower Yellow Pikmin behind him, to his right.

Game compatibility[edit]

Listed are the games in which the Olimar amiibo provides unique content. Usually, the content is inspired by the Pikmin series. There are many other games the Olimar amiibo can be used in, but its functionality behaves no differently from any other amiibo.

Read/write
Read-only
  • In Hey! Pikmin, scanning the Olimar amiibo can give the player extra Pikmin, or an amiibo treasure, as explained here.
  • In Super Mario Odyssey, Uncle amiibo will call some amiibo by name after the player scans them. With the Olimar amiibo he says "Let's see... Why, it's a good ol' Olimar amiibo!". It has no other special effects compared to other common amiibo.
  • In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the amiibo will unlock an Olimar-styled suit for the Mii character, with the body of the costume resembling Olimar's spacesuit, and the helmet being designed to look like a space helmet. On the back of the helmet is a Red Pikmin hanging on.
  • In Super Mario Maker, the amiibo gives players access to an Olimar costume for Mario. A Pikmin costume also exists, and is awarded randomly after completing the 100 Mario challenge.
  • In Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, the amiibo unlocks an Olimar-styled Yoshi. The Yoshi is stylized to look like Olimar, and the spikes on the back of its head have the same color as the first three Pikmin.
  • In WarioWare Gold, Wario can make a crude drawing of the Olimar amiibo. The result more-or-less resembles the amiibo, though the Yellow Pikmin is missing.
  • In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the Olimar amiibo gives Kirby the leaf ability, representing the plant theme of the Pikmin series.
  • In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +, unlocks a Pikmin and Olimar-themed aircraft for players to use in the game.
  • In Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, a "Pikmin" Figure is unlocked by scanning the Olimar amiibo in the Chibi-Capsule machine.

Website description[edit]

Captain Olimar is a veteran spaceship pilot and the main character of the Pikmin™ series. After crash-landing on an enigmatic planet, Olimar met the mysterious and tiny beings known as Pikmin. He enlisted their aid to recover his spaceship parts, battle monstrous enemies, and help him escape. Recently, Olimar’s even been spotted teaming up with Pikmin in wild and frenetic matches of something called Bingo Battle!The Olimar amiibo official webpage

Pikmin amiibo[edit]

The Pikmin amiibo.

This amiibo is the first and only one from the Pikmin amiibo series. It was released alongside Hey! Pikmin on July 13th in Japan, and July 28th everywhere else. It features the Red, Yellow, Blue, Rock, and Winged Pikmin types. They are resting on what appears to be concrete with grass and a screw on the base of the figure. The is the second amiibo to feature the Red, Yellow, and Blue Pikmin, but the first to feature the Rock and Winged.

Game compatibility[edit]

Listed are the games in which the Pikmin amiibo provides unique content. Usually, the content is inspired by the Pikmin series. There are many other games the Pikmin amiibo can be used in, but its functionality behaves no differently from any other amiibo.

Read/write
  • In Hey! Pikmin, scanning the Olimar amiibo can give the player extra Pikmin, or an amiibo treasure, as explained here.
Read-only
  • In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, scanning this amiibo unlocks the Olimar costume, just like the Olimar amiibo.[1]
  • In Super Mario Odyssey, Uncle amiibo will call some amiibo by name after the player scans them. With the Pikmin amiibo he says "Let's see... Why, it's a good ol' Pikmin amiibo!". It has no other special effects compared to other common amiibo.
  • In WarioWare Gold, Wario can make a crude drawing of the Pikmin amiibo. The result more-or-less resembles the amiibo, though the Rock Pikmin and the terrain are missing.


To do: Check if Ace Combat and Chibi-Robo recognize the Pikmin amiibo.
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Yoshi's Wolly World and Kirby: Planet Robobot do not specifically recognize the Pikmin amiibo, unlike the Olimar amiibo.

Website description[edit]

Named after the Pikpik carrots from Captain Olimar's home planet, Pikmin™ are tiny, curious creatures that come in multiple types. Each type of Pikmin has their own unique abilities to help Olimar on his adventures.The Pikmin amiibo official webpage

Hey! Pikmin amiibo compatibility[edit]

Hey! Pikmin is compatible with some released amiibo, even outside of the two Pikmin-related amiibo. Scanning the Olimar amiibo or the Pikmin amiibo mid-level will summon Pikmin to help the player. Scanning the two Pikmin-related amiibo, or amiibo from the Mario series, Animal Crossing series, or Splatoon series on the area selection screen will also unlock Secret Spots with those amiibo as treasures.

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References[edit]

  1. How to Update Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Support, retrieved on June 29th, 2017